Altuve helps Astros win HR derby
BALTIMORE >> Stunned by an early barrage of home runs, the Houston Astros put on an offensive show of their own to emphatically end a five-game losing streak.
Jose Altuve homered and had five RBIs, and Houston rallied to beat the Baltimore Orioles 15-8 on Friday night despite allowing four homers in the first inning.
George Springer went 4-for-5 with a home run for the Astros, who also got long balls from Evan Gattis and Teoscar Hernandez.
Early on, Houston appeared destined to drop to .500 for the first time since June 1.
The Orioles became the first team in the modern era (since 1900) to open a game with four home runs before making an out, according to STATS. Adam Jones hit Collin McHugh’s first pitch into the seats in left field and Hyun Soo Kim singled before Manny Machado, Chris Davis and Mark Trumbo homered in succession.
Houston answered with a five-run second to go up 6-5. Altuve capped the surge with a two-run double with two outs to chase Wade Miley, who matched the shortest start of his career.
“You go from really being shell-shocked in the first with the home runs — to knocking out their starter in the top of the second,” Astros manager A.J. Hinch said. “It’s hard to describe, because you’re not used to seeing that at this level. But that was quite an outburst for us.”
“I know that this game is going to create some momentum,” Altuve said, “and we’re going to keep winning games.”
Altuve became the first Astro to have 20 homers and 20 steals in a season since Carlos Beltran in 2004.
Red Sox 10,Tigers 2
DETROIT >> David Ortiz homered and Rick Porcello (17-3) pitched seven innings in his return to Comerica Park in Boston’s victory.
Porcello, who spent the first six seasons of his career with Detroit and moved to Boston before the 2015 season, was pitching in Detroit for the first time since the trade. Porcello gave up two runs — one earned — four hits and two walks while striking out eight.
Athletics 8,White Sox 0
CHICAGO >> Kendall Graveman faced one batter over the minimum while throwing a two-hitter, Khris Davis hit his 31st home run and Oakland beat Chicago to hand James Shields his 15th loss.
Rangers 6, Rays 2
ST. PETERSBURG, FLA. >> Adrian Beltre led off consecutive innings with home runs and Cole Hamels didn’t give up a hit until the sixth in Texas’ victory over Tampa Bay.
Yankees 7,Angels 0
ANAHEIM, CALIF. >> New York hit four solo home runs and Masahiro Tanaka allowed five hits in 72⁄3 innings as the Yankees beat Los Angeles, which has lost 13 of 15.
Royals 5,Twins 4, 11 innings
KANSAS CITY, MO. >> Eric Hosmer singled in Cheslor Cuthbert with the winning run in the 11th inning to lift Kansas City over Minnesota. NATIONAL LEAGUE
Rockies 7, Cubs 6, 11 innings
DENVER >> Ryan Raburn hit an RBI double and continued home when Chicago threw away the relay, capping a two-run rally in the 11th inning against Aroldis Chapman and sending Colorado to victory in a rain-delayed game that ended well past midnight.
Nationals 7, Braves 6
ATLANTA >> Clint Robinson hit a tie-breaking single with two outs in the ninth and Washington recovered after giving up a three-run lead in the eighth to beat Atlanta.
Cardinals 4, Phillies 3, 11 innings
PHILADELPHIA >> Randal Grichuk homered early, then hit an RBI double in the 11th inning that sent St. Louis over Philadelphia for its fifth straight win.
Giants 8, Mets 1
SAN FRANCISCO >> Johnny Cueto pitched seven effective innings and ended his sixstart winless streak, and San Francisco broke away late from New York to move ahead of the Los Angeles Dodgers for the NL West lead.
Reds 9, Dodgers 2
CINCINNATI >> Joey Votto hit a three-run homer, relief pitcher Michael Lorenzen also hit a three-run shot, and Cincinnati beat Los Angeles to snap a nine-game losing streak to the Dodgers.
Marlins 6, Pirates 5
PITTSBURGH >> Robert Andino hit a tie-breaking single in the top of the ninth inning, then Miami got Andrew McCutchen to ground into a game-ending double play with the bases loaded to hold off Pittsburgh.
Padres 7, D’backs 4, 10 innings
SAN DIEGO >> Ryan Schimpf’s second homer of the game was a three-run shot in the 10th inning that gave San Diego a victory over Arizona.
Mariners 7, Brewers 6
SEATTLE >> Kyle Seager got it started with a solo homer, and Robinson Cano added a two-run shot, and Seattle won its seventh straight at Safeco Field.